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Facebook fixes: Is your post public? Preventing your comments from showing to Friends of Friends

September 25, 2011
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With the emphasis of Facebook to share everything with everyone, you maybe wondering what people can see.   Of course, you may have the view that anything you put on the internet is in the public domain.  So you don’t need to worry about the privacy settings of your friends.  For those people who want to use Facebook, but not have everything broadcast, here are some tips before you post.

How to tell if a post will broadcast to all your friends and their friends and so on and so on.

Under each post (on the right) there is an icon which will tell you who it was shared with. Before commenting or liking a post, you may want to take a look at the privacy setting icon of the post. There are 3 icons and they will tell you who will be seeing what you write on your friend’s post.

Globe = public  

This means: If you comment on a public post,  not only will your friends see the comment, but their friends and  everyone on Facebook (except blocked users) can see it.

Example of a Global post

Gear = Can be either custom or friends of friends (hover to see which)

Verify if it is a custom list created by your friend or Friends of  Friends.

Example of a Gear post

Custom – safe to comment on with no leakage (in the ticker/news feed) to strangers.  Only the people who are listed on your friend’s list will be able to see the post.   As you can see from the screen capture below, this list is a custom list and shows who it was shared with.

Friends of Friends – unsafe….all your friends and all their friends will be shown the comment immediately. As you can see this is an example of a post shared with my friends and their friends.

Heads = friends only

This means: safe to comment on with no leakage to strangers

Example of a Friends only post

The above information was taken from: http://www.facebook.com/notes/clare-washbrook/facebook-privacy-issue-how-it-works-and-how-to-stop-it-if-people-comply/10150306637227702

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